John Lewis hosts high rise restaurant residencies on Oxford Street rooftop

John Lewis will collaborate with pop-up specialist Night Tales to bring three London food offerings to the rooftop of its flagship Oxford Street store this summer. The Gardening Society will open on 27 May until 4 September, hosting three diverse high rise residences; The Dairy, B.O.B's Lobster and Shotgun.

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Absurd Bird restaurant arrives in Spitalfields

Absurd Bird has opened a restaurant on Commercial Street, Spitalfields, boasting a quirky interior. The design captures Absurd Bird's characterful brand identity, whilst creating a relaxed environment for diners to enjoy the comforts of Southern hospitality and food.

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Lush reveals second perfume-focused installation

The Gorilla Gallery on the lower ground floor of Lush Cosmetics on Oxford Street, London has unveiled its latest installation in the form of The Art of Perfumery. Free to attend, the second phase of its two-part Gorilla Perfumes installation explores the Art of Perfumery in celebration of two of Gorilla Perfume's iconic fragrances, The President's Hat and Stayin' Alive.

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Selfridges London launches fragrance and candle destination

Selfridges London has unveiled a new candle and fragrance location on the ground floor of the department store. In this sensory world, Selfridges customers are welcomed to experience scent like never before in the new olfactive environment.

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Plans unveiled for £10m Centre:mk refurbishment

Hermes Investment Management has unveiled plans for a £10m refurbishment programme for Centre:mk's Sunset Walk to create a new premium quarter. Designed by Rawls, work is already underway on the new space, which is due to complete in late October.

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Tesla introduces new car buying experience

Car manufacturer Tesla has opened its new car retailing experiences at various destinations in the UK, including Touchwood Shopping Centre in Solihull and Bluewater in Kent. Following a temporary experience in the atrium court last year, the electric vehicle specialist has chosen to take up a permanent position within the centre.

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Seven Dials to host June experiential event

Seven Dials in London will play host to #StyleSaturday, a one-day event on Saturday 11 June which will see more than 100 shops, bars and restaurants join forces to ffer discounts, promotions and experiential experiences both in-store and outside.

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boutique.Goldsmiths concept launched in six prime retail destinations

Aurum Holdings has launched its boutique.Goldsmiths concept in six prime UK retail destinations. Designed by Green Room, the design puts younger, trend-driven consumers centre stage, giving them an aspirational and glamorous retail experience. The space is inviting, modernised and bridges the gap between fashion and luxury.

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Boxpark Croydon fully leased and set for September opening

Boxpark Croydon, London's first dedicated street food and entertainment-led Boxpark development, is now fully let and set to open in September 2016. The Croydon site will also be made up of shipping containers, like its sister site in Shoreditch.

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FENDI Flowerland arrives at Selfridges London

A FENDI pop-up has taken up residence at Selfridges London this week in celebration of FENDI Flowerland, the main inspiration of the women's SS16 collection. The pop-up concept also includes a flower shop by world renowned Japanese flower artist, Azuma Makoto and is open until 19 June 2016.

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